Apr 12, 2008

Night of the Creeps

Night of the Creeps is a fan boy flick at the corniest of degrees. The film takes a postmodern approach to various cult films from a number of decades. Night of the Creeps makes reference of everything from Plan 9 From Outerspace to The Monster Squad (another film from Night of the Creeps writer/director Fred Dekker). The cold war era sci-fi film, slasher film, zombie film, and even 1950's Hollywood teenage rebellion are all parodied. All of these elements are combined with the teenage angst “underdog” film so widely popular in the 1980s.

The film follows two neurotic (a love shy boy Chris and a cripple C.G.) butt buddies who just can’t seem to land a girl (C.G. isn't even trying)l. A group of Aryan frat Nazis act as the evil and dumb villains. In an act of belligerent courage the crippled C.G. says to the frat Gestapo, “why don’t you get off our case and practice goose stepping or something.” This scene is to demonstrate to the viewer that anyone with physical strength and blonde hair is a potential Nazi. Later you see the frat leader wearing a wife beater with a German eagle to confirm his Aryan ethnocentrism.

Sieg Heil Mein Führer!

Determined Nazi Hunters from the school of Simon Wiesenthal

Chris eventually gets to legitimize his desire for a holocaust of Aryans. All of the frat boys turn into zombies Bill Hinzman style and Chris decides it’s time to unload some bullets. When he blows the heads off of the zombie frat leaders he adds the strategically placed one liner, “don’t take it personally” with sadistic fan boy whit. The pathetic hatred fantasy involved in these scenes almost legitimizes Fritz Hippler’s The Eternal Jew as a serious film.

Night of the Creeps
is what would happen if the history of American horror had sex with John Hughes and produced the ideal mongrel child. The film is one that offers much replay value and movie quoting potential. I have gotten fed up with these film “qualities.” I guess that is what happens when you are introduced to the world of international horror (among other films). On the other hand, I would be lying if I didn’t admit that Night of the Creeps is a masterwork of it’s silly kind.

I still believe that Fred Dekker’s greatest contribution to film is coming up with the story for House. A bizarre horror comedy involving the Vietnam war (and other serious issues) is a pretty bold and innovative idea. Night of the Creeps further confirms Fred Dekker’s knack for creative and genre abstracting writing. I just hope that Night of the Creeps has not inspired anyone to write "Go, Monster Squad!" in a public bathroom.

-Ty E

1 comment:

jervaise brooke hamster said...

the only thing i ever used to write on the walls of public bathrooms was "I WANT TO BUGGER DOLLY PARTON" (as she was 40 years ago, not as she is now obviously). By the way, "robocop 3" was a great film as well.